Leon Panetta argued yesterday that help was denied to the besieged U.S. personnel in Benghazi because of a lack of intel. Jennifer Griffin of Fox News reports otherwise today. The two SEALS who were later killed were told twice to stand down, but went (with two others) to help the consulate personnel anyway. Fighting continued at the CIA annex for four hours after the survivors were evacuated from the consulate. A security officer operating a machine on the roof of the CIA annex "had a laser on the [terrorist mortar position] that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights." Mortar fire killed the two SEALs. Communications were intact; it was the response that was missing.
By Texan99 on Friday, October 26, 2012